If people want an open network, stop shit-talking open things 

I hear tech folks saying that RSS is dead, and people on social media saying that blogs are dead.

The problem with this is twofold:

- RSS is doing just fine, and not even remotely dead

- Blogs are doing just fine, and are not even remotely dead, either

There's this strange sort of defeatism around. "Well, we lost, so what can you do". Um, not undermine things that still work and are actively being used? Support them as well?

If people want an open network, stop shit-talking open things 

Further, the combination of RSS and blogs means that I *daily* get information i'm not going to get elsewhere (anything having to do with neurodivergence that isn't massaged through clinical gatekeeping, and is by neurodivergent beings themselves, for starters), as well as being a perfectly fine way to aggregate digital comics, for another.

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If people want an open network, stop shit-talking open things 

And get this -- it's not paywalled, it's not fee-based, there's no hurdles. Ironically, "it just works". :P

I don't see open networks as being any different. There's this presumption that there needs to be large-scale, siloed server farms to make this work -- the problem with this assumption is even simpler:

- that's not true at all, lol

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If people want an open network, stop shit-talking open things 

Peer-to-peer protocols exist. The problem is that people keep assuming that it's impossible for them to be used, when that's not true.

And even if that was true, there's nothing keeping anybody with the right skillsets (many of whom are part of the underlying sets of assumptions of inevitability here) to create them.

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If people want an open network, stop shit-talking open things 

So why keep believing it? It's like people have bought into several different lies, and are acting as if that's just the way it is. When it's not.

It's almost as if we keep slipping into some sort of "escape from freedom" sort of totalitarian dynamic, when in fact, open publishing of literally *everything* could happen, right now, and everybody could ditch Amazon, right now. The rest would be up to the readers, which is true anyway.

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If people want an open network, stop shit-talking open things 

This isn't a "things could be better, so why aren't they" situation. This is a "things are better period, so why keep acting as if they're not?" one.

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If people want an open network, stop shit-talking open things 

Look at all the ways this is true.

- the corporate internet? not a requirement.

- the internet itself, as opposed to other already existing protocols? not a requirement.

- syndication via digital gatekeepers? not a requirement.

- whatever huge environmental footprint that is happening because of digital streaming? not a requirement.

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If people want an open network, stop shit-talking open things 

Here's a story.

I hate digital streaming, but I love being able to watch things when I want. Also, I hate wading through ads and at least some previews.

But you know...I hate destroying the environment even more. ;p So I'm trying to work my way back to DVDs -- which aren't perfect either, but at least I can get them from a variety of different ways, including in ways that allow for sharing them, both paid and not.

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If people want an open network, stop shit-talking open things 

@poiseunderchaos can you point to any research on the footprint of dvds vs streaming? i'm not playing the skeptic; just interested to learn more.

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